The beef noodle stall at Cafe 2828 serves up the best rendition of the Teochew beef koay teow noodle dish, a close cousin of the Vietnamese phở bò, that I’d tried in town.
Personally, I’d always preferred the Teochew version for its lighter taste, as compared to the phở bò’s more full-bodied beefy flavour.
We requested for the koay teow flat rice noodles to be served separately from the soup, as we rather liked the rice simply dressed in garlic-shallot oil:
The accompanying beef soup was chockful of ingredients: slices of beef shin, beef meatballs and beef tendon. Chopped fresh coriander leaves are sprinkled on top, plu sgolden-fried chopped garlic.
Beef tendon (my fave!) and beef meatball (another fave!).
Beef shin, much favoured for this dish, as the dish requires long, slow-boiling of the meat to bring out the deep flavours.
Fabulous broth, though - it’s less greasy than those from other good beef noodle places around town, and the savoury, yet light flavours were simply spot-on.
Penang Famous Koay Teow Soup, Cafe 2828
56-K Perak Road (near the intersection with Lim Khoon Huat Road)
Taman Lalulintas, 10450 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: 10.30am to 3pm, Tue to Sun. Closed on Mondays.